George Gee Swing Orchestra, Singers Hilary Gardner and John Dokes all featured on Nautica national TV commercial!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Featured, Jazz, Parties, Swing | Comments

George Gee Swing Orchestra, Singers Hilary Gardner and John Dokes all featured on Nautica national TV commercial!


Just in time for the 2015 holiday season, Nautica has released nationally a TV commercial highlighting our recording of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” featuring a whimsical vocal duet by singers Hilary Gardner and John Dokes accompanied by an excellent transcription from music director  David Gibson.   Along with TV rotation coast to coast, it is also being looped in the monitors of all NYC yellow cabs!  Hear the entire version of the song HERE and own your own copy at iTunes  —   HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Read More

FYC: “Swing Makes You Happy!” for 2016 Grammy Nomination

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Jazz, Swing | Comments







Swing Makes You Happy final cover


Hello Music Lover:

My name is George Gee and as you may already know, I am the bandleader of The George Gee Swing Orchestra.

Gee shows that his rocket-fueled ensemble, which is typically nine players, can generate just as much heat as a traditional, full-sized big band.

— Bobby Reed, Downbeat Magazine

For the past 35 years, I have been leading a big band specializing in the swing and jazz legacy — the last quarter-century being in my hometown of New York City. And for over 18 years, we’ve been one of the house bands at SWING46 Jazz & Supper Club in Times Square. In January 2015, Rondette Jazz released our 8th recording: “Swing Makes You Happy!”

‘Swing Makes You Happy!’ isn’t just an album title: It’s a mantra and belief system that guides the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a little big band intent on rekindling the ear’s love affair with music associated with a bygone era. 

Dan Bilawsky,

In the last five years, under the musical direction of trombonist David Gibson, the scope of the [George Gee Swing Orchestra] repertoire has expanded, while always maintaining an allegiance to the core value of swing as exemplified by Count Basie and Swing Era formats.

— George Kanzler, Hot House Magazine 

I am proud to announce the recording has been submitted for a 2016 Grammy nomination consideration under the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” section of the Jazz category. If you are a voting member of The Recording Academy (or know of somebody who is), I hope you may consider our CD and/or recommend it. The ballots will be mailed later this week and are due back by early November. Your support and consideration is greatly appreciated!

You can download the Promo one sheet HERE

Full YouTube Album link HERE

For a download of all 19 tracks of “Swing Makes You Happy,” please email me at and we will send this to you right away!


George Gee 


16 straight weeks in the Top 100,

which included 11 straight weeks in the Top 50

peaking at #16 on the Jazz Charts (


Also prominently featured on the CMJ Jazz Charts


Downbeat Magazine “Editor’s Pick” January 2015


This album is convivial —true to its title— and feels remarkably, almost startlingly hip, without sacrificing its lineage to the Count Basie New Testament Band.

— Michael J. West, Jazz Times


George Gee and his collaborator, musical director and trombonist David Gibson, have put together an offering of 19 tracks that swing from the horn section blast on the opener to the final note.

— Marcia Hillman, New York City Jazz Record


Gee and his posse walk a fine line between reminiscence of the Swing Era (forgoing pious over-reverence) and post bop modernism with grace, panache, and plenty of joie de vivre.

—  Mark Keresman,



The George Gee Swing Orchestra

Appears every Tuesday evening at
SWING46 Jazz & Supper Club

349 West 46th Street

Times Square, NYC


Every Last Sunday of the Month at
SMALLS Jazz Club 183 West 10th Street

Greenwich Village, NYC 


Thank you for your consideration!

Read More

George Gee Celebrates Van Alexander Centennial in Los Angeles 7/12/15

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Jazz, Swing | Comments

George Gee Celebrates Van Alexander Centennial in Los Angeles 7/12/15

The George Gee Swing Orchestra, One Of NYC’s Premiere Big Bands, Returns To The World-Famous Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club At The Oviatt Building In Downtown Los Angeles For An Evening Of Swing Music And Dance Honoring The Great Chick Webb / Savoy Ballroom Music Man, Van Alexander (“A Tisket A Tasket”) In Honor Of His 100th Birthday At This Exclusive Once-In-A-Lifetime Centennial Celebration Swing Dance Party – Sunday, July 12th, 2015


The George Gee Swing Orchestra, one of New York’s premiere swing big bands, returns to the world famous Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club at the Oviatt Building in downtown Los Angeles (CA) for an evening of swing music and dance honoring the great Chick Webb / Savoy Ballroom music man, Grammy honoree Van Alexander (composer of the Ella Fitzgerald hit song “A Tisket A Tasket”) in celebration of his 100th birthday at an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime centennial swing dance party Sunday, July 12th.

In the more than three decades since its inception, the George Gee Swing Orchestra has spread the “Gospel of Swing” to the far corners of the globe, doing its part to keep fingers snappin’ and toes tappin’ with its happy music for happy people. The popular ensemble sets new standards for modern big band performance, elegantly balancing genuine traditions with exhilarating modernism. The versatile swingin’ ensemble can deliver everything from a sweet foxtrot ballad to rollicking roadhouse boogie, all to the delight of the many hoofers who swarm the dance floor for its invigorating performances.

The orchestra will no doubt deliver a particularly exciting performance, inspired by the classic art deco surroundings of the Cicada Club that recall the grandeur of Hollywood’s glamorous golden age of nightclubs, as well as the presence of one of Gee’s heroes, the great Chick Webb / Savoy Ballroom music man, Van Alexander, the composer of the Webb/Ella Fitzgerald classic “A Tisket A Tasket”, and countless other swing era staples performed by the likes of Benny Goodman, Dean Martin, Kay Starr, Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and Peggy Lee.

Gee proclaims, “Van Alexander’s legacy with the Chick Webb Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald and the Savoy Ballroom is so important. Van is a true bridge to the classic Savoy style big band of Harlem from the 30s and 40s. It is my honor to have him as a fan of the George Gee Swing Orchestra. He came to our “Battle of the Big Bands” in Culver City (CA) last summer and was thrilled and awed by the modern day community of lindy hop and big band enthusiasts. He turned 100 on May 2nd and he plans on attending this show as our special VIP honoree. He is celebrating his centennial and is ready to swing, so it’s very important to us that we trumpet his many achievements. I just want to make sure that there’s more awareness of his importance, especially among the swing dance world. He is definitely a Vintage Master of Swing!”

“The George Gee Swing Orchestra’s music director, trombonist Dave Gibson is transcribing a few of Webb’s big hits, in particular Webb’s theme song “Let’s Get Together” and Van’s biggest hit “A Tisket A Tasket”. Popular L.A. vocalist Barbara Morrison is scheduled to come and sing the Ella Fitzgerald parts on that Hit Parade classic for this special show, joining our regular singer John Dokes. We will be doing a lot of selections from the classic Chick Webb era repertoire; a lot of the music associated with the Savoy Ballroom, plus selections from our latest CD Swing Makes You Happy! (Rondette Jazz),” which includes Webb’s “Lindy Hopper’s Delight,” “Blue Minor,” and “Midnight in a Madhouse.” Joining the band, lighting up the dance floor, will be the amazing lindy hop antics of The Hollywood Hotshots and tap dancing sensation Chester Whitmore, making the Cicada Club jump with the spirit of the Savoy, “Harlem’s Home of Happy Feet”.

The world-famous, elegant art deco Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club at the Oviatt Building in downtown Los Angeles is located at 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Tickets for this exclusive and once-in-a-lifetime Centennial Celebration Swing Dance Party are $20 in advance or $25 day of the show. A special delicious 3 course dinner package is offered for $69 per person. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime at 8:30 PM. For reservations and further information call (213) 488-9488 or visit



Read More